Best Coastal Wine Vacations
Chateau Grand Traverse, Traverse City, Michigan
In the nation's fourth-largest grape-growing state, Chateau Grand Traverse winery welcomes travelers to a property overlooking a vineyard and Grand Traverse Bay. The six-bedroom lodging is handy for sampling Grand Traverse's many award-winning varietals, including a diverse family of Rieslings. The inn also anchors a visit to other wineries on Lake Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula appellation: It's a short drive to Chateau Chantal, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and Peninsula Cellars for tastings of myriad varietals; 800-283-0247 or wineriesofoldmission.com.
Hotel Vintage, Seattle, Washington
Hotel Vintage, a Kimpton property near Seattle's Elliott Bay, entices travelers with a variety of wine vacation packages that celebrate Washington's Puget Sound AVA (the only official appellation west of the Cascades). Enjoy the hotel's wine events like winery tastings and a personalized Washington wine tour from the concierge; 206-624-8000 or hotelvintagepark.com.
Cottage Inn by the Sea, Pismo Beach, California
Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo County produces such excellent Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs that some call it an "Eden" for these varietals. To share this wine-lover's paradise, the bluff-top Cottage Inn by the Sea is just a short drive from the region's wineries, including popular Edna Valley Vineyard. Take a winery day trip, lunch, and enjoy two nights in an ocean-view room for a great escape; 888-440-8400 or cottage-inn.com.
Ingleside Vineyards, Oak Grove, Virginia
Near the Chesapeake Bay, on Virginia's historic Northern Neck, Ingleside Vineyards welcomes wine vacationers to stay, sip, and stay some more, in two cozy accommodations on the property. The two-story Pointe at Liberty Farm home overlooks the Rappahannock River; Summerton at Roxbury Pond is a retro A-frame alongside the vineyard. Guests may stroll to Ingleside Winery for guided tours and tastings, offered daily; 804-224-8687 or inglesidevineyards.com.
Wine Camp and Stirling House, Long Island's North Fork
Talk about a camp for grown-ups. Toil in the vineyards of Long Island's renowned wine-producing North Fork at Wine Camp's four-day packages, which include lodging at lovely local inns such as Stirling House Bed & Breakfast, which overlooks Greenport's harbor. Campers learn winemaking and tasting techniques, pair foods with wine, blend wines with a pro, and take home a case. Sessions are offered in spring and summer months. (Stirling House has its own fun wine programming as well; learn more here); Wine Camp, 631-495-9744 or winecamp.org; Stirling House, 800-551-0654 or stirlinghousebandb.com.
Adobe Guadalupe, Ensenada, Mexico
A surprise to many travelers, Mexico's Guadalupe Valley has been producing wines since the 16th century. Called the Napa of Mexico, the region is now home to nearly two dozen wineries. It's also home to a cluster of beautiful inns that have sprung up to serve wine-and-food pilgrims exploring this still largely undiscovered wine country. Adobe Guadalupe is both 60-acre vineyard and inn, plus tasting rooms, shrines, and more; 646-155-20-94 or adobeguadalupe.com.
Hotel Milo, Santa Barbara, California
Do California's vineyard-rich Santa Ynez Valley in perfect style with the "Oceans to Vineyards" package at the stylish Hotel Milo, a beachfront boutique getaway between Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Harbor in glorious Santa Barbara. The centerpiece of the two-night package is a custom Jeep excursion with Cloud Climbers Jeep & Wine Tours into the valley for visits to four wineries customized specifically for you, plus a vineyard picnic; 866-547-3070 or hotelmilosantabarbara.com.